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Green Grass, Running Water Lesson Plan

Introduction to Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is a novel written by Thomas King and published in 1993. It is King’s second novel, and he began it during a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. The reception for the novel was overall positive. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and won the 1993 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.

The novel is set in Alberta, Canada among the First Nations Blackfoot community. Critics were drawn to the novel because of its unique voice, structure, and blend of oral and written literary traditions. Green Grass, Running Water tells two main stories. The first is a series of creation stories set supposedly at the beginning of...

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